By Liny Lamberink
Claims from farm workers have more than doubled since Alberta's farm workers' safety legislation.
Claims from farm workers have more than doubled since passage of Alberta's farm workers' safety legislation.
In the first six months of this year, the Workers' Compensation Board has received 395 claims -- up from 158 last year.
Under Bill 6 -- the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act -- farmers and ranchers who hire outside help must provide coverage through the W-C-B.
Darlene Dunlop with the Farmworkers Union of Alberta says it's comforting to know that more workers are being protected.
And it seems Edmonton has a replacement for the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
The Professional Bull Riders competition will come to the city for the first time in the fall of 2017.
It will coincide with the annual Farm Fair exhibition.
The Canadian Finals Rodeo, which used to be an annual event in Edmonton, is moving to Saskatoon next year.
The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities is offering support to efforts to re-open this year's grain shipping season through the port of Churchill, Manitoba.
The Hudson Bay Route Association is taking steps to find a long-term solution to ensure the port remains open after it was announced there will be no grain shipments this year.
Churchill is said to be an important access for farmers to international markets.
He is concerned about the added costs to producers for shipping grain to market and an increase in bottlenecks in other ports due to near record crop production.
A unique rooftop garden project promoting sustainable agricultural practices and urban farming is taking root on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
It's located on a sunny, triangle-shaped roof visible from the above-ground walkway between the Biology and Agriculture Buildings.
Professor Grant Wood says the garden will grow tomatoes, hot peppers, lettuce, kale and spinach.
He says what makes the project special is that the food is intended to be used on campus by Culinary Services. The garden is tentatively planned for five years.
Research at Trent University in Ontario could lead to an up to 10 per cent increase in soybean yields.
Neil Emery and Anna Kisiala have figured out how to harness a bacteria that already occurs in soybeans to promote the growth of both the plant and its seeds.
While all plants have the beneficial bacteria, the researchers say they don't all necessarily produce high levels of the hormone responsible for boosting yield.
Emery says by replacing low performing bacteria with high producing bacteria, they hope to raise yields.
Crops are progressing quickly across Manitoba.
Warmer temperatures benefited all crops, in particular corn, soybeans and sunflowers.
Manitoba Agriculture's spokeperson says combines are starting to roll in some fields of winter wheat and perennial rye grass.
She notes this could provide a sneak peak as to what other crops might yield.
Elsewhere, first and second cut haying operations are continuing across Manitoba.